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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (11-20-40) An isolated episode of the long-running adventure series, with Shirley Bell as Annie, announcer Pierre Andre. Annie and Joe are on the trail of a mysterious woman who goes into the Black Cat Cafe and then leaves in a car. Ovaltine, MBS. (15 min)
BLONDIE (2-16-50) Ann Rutherford and Arthur Lake star as Blondie and Dagwood, with Hanley Stafford as Mr. Dithers. Alexander has decided to become an actor and is eager to demonstrate his range. Ford Motors, ABC. (30 min)
THE WHISTLER (9-17-45) “Sing a Song of Murder” is the story of a successful singer who wants out of his contract. Cast includes William Johnstone, with Bill Forman as the Whistler. Signal Oil, CBS. (30 min)
RAILROAD HOUR (12-6-48) “Girl Crazy” starring Gordon MacRae, Joan Edwards, Doris Day and William Bendix in a radio version of the 1930 musical, with songs by George and Ira Gershwin. A young man is sent to Arizona to manage his family’s ranch. Marvin Miller announces. American Association of Railroads, ABC. (17 min & 14 min & 14 min)
TWO THOUSAND PLUS (3-29-50) “The Men From Mars” is a story set in the year 2040, about two teenagers who buy a second-hand rocket and take off for Mars. Cast includes Ronald Liss, Ronnie Jacoby, Ed Latimer, John Griggs, Sandy Fickert. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (3-10-46) With Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Minerva Pious, Alan Reed, the DeMarco Sisters, Al Goodman and the Orchestra, and guest Carmen Miranda, who sings “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and joins Fred for the “Chiquita Banana” song. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
CRIME CLUB (6-26-47) “Death Never Doubles” is the story of “a past present that had no future,” about a young lawyer who bears an uncanny resemblance to an ex-convict. Cast includes Gil Stratton Jr., Larry Haines, Julie Stevens. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (6-22-43) With Bill Goodwin, singer Jimmy Cash, the Swantet, Paul Whiteman and the Orchestra, Elvia Allman as Tootsie Sagwell, Hans Conried as Mr. Bolingbroke, Clarence Nash as Herman the Duck. Gracie purchases a love potion to help Tootsie find a boyfriend. Swan Soap, CBS. (29 min)
GENE AUTRY’S MELODY RANCH (1950s) Gene sings “When It’s Round-Up Time in Texas” and “Now Is the Hour” and tells the story about receiving a letter from an acquaintance who asked for $5,000. Pat Buttram talks about his new girlfriend. Syndicated. (24 min)
DUFFY’S TAVERN (10-26-45) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the Manager, with Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor, Sandra Gould, Dix Davis. Archie receives word that his nephew Morton is coming to visit and the gang at the Tavern stage an impromptu quiz show. AFRS rebroadcast. (27 min)
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (5-2-53) Larry Thor is Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Tartaglia and Jack Kruschen as Det. Muggevin. A middle-aged woman comes to the police with news that her sister has disappeared. Cast includes Norma Varden, Sam Edwards, Jerry Hausner, Martha Wentworth, Hal Gerard. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
GI JOURNAL #75 (recorded 12-29-44) Kay Kyser is editor-in-chief, with Georgia Carroll, Ann Miller, Jerry Colonna, Connie Haines, Mel Blanc as Private Sad Sack. Georgia sings “There Goes That Song Again”; Connie sings “Furlough in Paradise.” AFRS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
SPOTLIGHT ON MARGARET O’BRIEN
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-5-43) “Journey for Margaret,” starring Robert Young, Anita Louise, six-year-old Margaret O’Brien and four-year-old William Severn. Young, O’Brien and Severn re-create the roles they played in the 1942 film, about an American journalist in England who wants to adopt two war orphans. Truman Bradley announces. Lady Esther Cosmetics, CBS. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (11-18-14) Steve Darnall’s conversation with Margaret O’Brien, speaking by telephone from her home in California, as she looks back on her career in movies, radio and television. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (32 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (11-25-48) “The Screaming Woman” starring Margaret O’Brien in a story by Ray Bradbury. A little girl hears the screams of a woman who has been buried alive, only no one will believe her story. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (recorded 3-8-45) Frank Sinatra is master of ceremonies, with Frances Langford and a cast of “kids,” including Peggy Ann Garner, Roddy McDowell, Margaret O’Brien and Bing Crosby’s four sons! Frank sings “The Trolley Song”; Frances sings “Our Waltz.” AFRS. (29 min) Read the article about Frank Sinatra in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-2-46) “Meet Me in St. Louis” starring Judy Garland, Margaret O’Brien and Tom Drake in a radio version of their 1944 film. On the eve of the opening of the World’s Fair in St. Louis, a family learn they are to move to New York. With Colleen Gray, Gale Gordon, Verna Felton, Regina Wallace, Norman Field. William B. Keighley hosts. Announcer is John Milton Kennedy. Lux Soap, CBS. (20 min & 18 min & 22 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-24-56) “The Meg’s Palace Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account. In the first part of a five-part adventure, Johnny travels to Massachusetts after a waterfront restaurant is threatened by fire. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Jack Kruschen, Byron Kane, Forrest Lewis, Stan Jones, Bert Holland, Austin Green, Bob Bruce, Harry Bartell. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-25-56) Part two of “The Meg’s Palace Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (14 min)
FRANK SINATRA PROGRAM (2-9-44) With Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra, comedian Bert Wheeler, announcer Truman Bradley and guest W.C. Fields, who talks to Frank about a new invention, the “Sinatramizer.” Frank sings “Falling in Love With Love,” “No Love, No Nothin’” and “Long Ago and Far Away.” Vimms, CBS. (30 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-26-56) Part three of “The Meg’s Palace Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (4-26-47) William Bendix stars as Chester A. Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, Barbara Eiler as Babs, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Warren Mills as Simon. Riley must be nice to Babs’ boyfriend Simon when the boy spots him in a restaurant with another woman. Dreft, NBC. (30 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-27-56) Part four of “The Meg’s Palace Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (4-15-53) Broadcasting from Bakersfield, California, with Les Brown and His Band of Renown, singer Margaret Whiting, announcer Bill Goodwin, Peter Leeds and guest Ida Lupino. Bob is finishing his memoirs and approaches Lupino about having his life story made into a film. AFRS rebroadcast. (23 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-28-56) The final chapter of “The Meg’s Palace Matter.” Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
THE SHADOW (4-8-45) “The Little Man Who Wasn’t There” starring John Archer as Lamont Cranston, Judith Allen as the lovely Margot Lane. The Shadow investigates an invisible thief who steals valuables in broad daylight. Jack Brickhouse announces. Lin-X Products, MBS. (30 min)
GRAND MARQUEE (7-10-47) “Here We Go Again” starring Olan Soule and Muriel Bremner in “a merry tale of love and confusion” at a family wedding. With Joseph Gallichio and the Orchestra, announcer George Stone. Rayve Shampoo, NBC. (30 min)
PAT NOVAK FOR HIRE (4-9-49) Jack Webb stars as Novak, with Raymond Burr as Inspector Hellman, Tudor Owen as Jocko Madigan. A priest hires Novak to track down an escaped convict. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SPOTLIGHT REVUE (12-3-48) With Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Dorothy Shay, Doodles Weaver as Professor Feedlebaum and guest Frank Sinatra, who sings “Once in Love With Amy” and joins the City Slickers for “Prisoner of Love.” Dorothy sings “Dear Mr. Sears and Roebuck.” Coca-Cola, CBS. (30 min)
STARS OVER HOLLYWOOD (5-24-52) “The Experiment” stars Angela Lansbury as a doctor who has selected a convicted prisoner with a blood disease for an important medical experiment. Cast includes David Ellis, William Conrad, Tony Barrett, Joe Duval. Carnation Evaporated Milk, CBS. (29 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24
MY FRIEND IRMA (2-3-52) Marie Wilson stars as Irma Peterson, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, John Brown as Al, Hans Conried as Professor Kropotkin, Alan Reed as Mr. Clyde. Irma begins writing a column devoted to neighborhood gossip. Ennds, CBS. (29 min)
THE BIG STORY (12-10-47) “The Case of the Final Curtain” tells the story of Aubrey Maddock of the Hartford Daily Courant, who is visited by a young woman who tells a disturbing story about the death of her father. Bob Sloane narrates, with Les Tremayne as Maddock. Pall Mall Cigarettes, NBC. (26 min)
N-K MUSICAL SHOWROOM (3-4-45) The Andrews Sisters star, with Gabby Hayes, announcer Marvin Miller, Dewey “Alamo” Markham, Foy Willing and the Riders of the Purple Sage, Vic Schoen and the Orchestra and guest Frank Sinatra, who sings “I Didn’t Know About You” and joins the Sisters for “Empty Saddles (In the Old Corral).” The Sisters sing “Beer Barrel Polka” and “Every Time.” Nash-Kelvinator, NBC BLUE. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (11-21-14) Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with actor and musician Theo Bikel, speaking from his home in California about his career in radio, on stage, on television and in the movies. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (29 min) Theo Bikel died on July 21, 2015 at the age of 91.
STORY OF DR. KILDARE (2-8-50) Lew Ayres stars as Dr. Kildare with Lionel Barrymore as Dr. Gillespie, Virginia Gregg as Nurse Parker. Dr. Kildare tries to help a patient who has lost a leg following an auto accident. Syndicated. (28 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (8-10-49) It’s “Radio’s Bad Boy,” with Arnold Stang, Kenny Delmar, announcer Ben Grauer, singers Betty Harris and Jeff Clark. Morgan discusses fall fashions and presents a French radio version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Bristol Myers, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 31
ANNUAL HALLOWE’EN SHOW
ESCAPE (11-16-52) “The Loup Garou” starring William Conrad, Georgia Ellis, John Dehner. A newcomer to Bayou Country is suspected of being a werewolf. Cast includes Forrest Lewis, Tom Tully, Lou Krugman, Jack Kruschen, Don Diamond. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
BOSTON BLACKIE (5-28-47) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, with Jan Miner as Mary Wesley and Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday. Blackie picks up a female hitch-hiker, only to be told that the girl died three years earlier. Syndicated. (28 min)
ABBOTT AND COSTELLO SHOW (5-5-48) With Elvia Allman, Sidney Fields, Veola Vonn, singer Susan Miller, announcer Michael Roy, Matty Malneck and the Orchestra and guest Bela Lugosi. When Bud appoints Lou the sheriff of Encino, his first assignment is to investigate the strange sounds coming from Lugosi’s house. Sustaining, ABC. (29 min) Read the article about Abbott and Costello in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (1-18-45) “To Find Help” starring Agnes Moorehead and Frank Sinatra in his first dramatic role. A woman hires a handyman who turns out to have a psychotic streak. Cast includes Bill Johnstone, Wally Maher, John McIntire. Truman Bradley announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE & HARRIET (10-31-48) Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard star, with John Brown, Jack Kirkwood, Tommy Bernard, Henry Blair. Ozzie decides to stay at the old McAdams house to prove to his sons that it isn’t haunted. Verne Smith announces. International Silver, NBC. (29 min)
INNER SANCTUM (10-31-49) “A Corpse For Hallowe’en” starring Larry Haines, Berry Kroeger, Mercedes McCambridge. A man who is responsible for the deaths of his friends during an expedition is haunted by them on Hallowe’en. AFRS rebroadcast. (25 min)
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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
CURTAIN TIME (7-26-47) “Solid Sender” starring Harry Elders and Nanette Sargent in a broadcast from Chicago. A romantic comedy about a woman who is annoyed by the musician in the apartment next door. John Weigel announces. Mars Candy, NBC. (28 min)
YOU ARE THERE (4-10-49) “April 6, 1909: Admiral Perry Reaches the North Pole” Ned Calmer and John Daly report on the climactic hours of a great scientific adventure. With Eric Dressler, Canada Lee, Staats Cotsworth, Matt Crowley, Cliff Carpenter, Joseph Conway, John Merlin, Guy Sorel. Sustaining, CBS. (28 min)
NEWS (8-20-38) Announcer Durward Kirby covers the activities in Chicago in honor of Douglas “Wrong Way” Corrigan, who set out to fly from New York to California but “made a wrong turn over Long Island” and flew to Ireland instead. Mayor Edward J. Kelly greets Corrigan at Chicago Municipal Airport. NBC. (8 min) Read the article about “Wrong Way” Corrigan in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
YOUR HIT PARADE (7-10-48) It’s the top tunes of the week, as performed by Frank Sinatra, Beryl Davis, Ken Lane, the Hit Paraders, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra. Lucky Strike, NBC. (25 min)
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (1-19-51) “The Case of the Calculated Risk” starring Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe, with Gerald Mohr as Archie Goodwin. A visitor to Wolfe’s office announces that he plans to commit a murder the next day. Cast: Bill Johnstone, Herb Butterfield, Howard McNear, Vic Rodman, Lorraine Carter. Sustaining, NBC. (28 min)
IT’S TIME TO SMILE (1-15-41) Eddie Cantor stars, with Dinah Shore, Cookie Fairchild and the Orchestra, announcer Harry Von Zell and guest Phil Harris. Eddie talks about winter sports and announces plans to shoot a movie with his cast, hoping that Phil will star in it. Dinah sings “Number Ten Lullaby Lane.” Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14
SPOTLIGHT ON GEORGE LEFFERTS
X MINUS ONE (10-31-57) “Lulu” is the story of a spaceship that decides to change course after falling in love with the human crew. Written by Clifford Simak for Galaxy Science Fiction magazine and adapted for radio by George Lefferts. Cast: Jan Miner, Nelson Olmstead, James Stevens, Walter Black, Henry Norrell. Sustaining, NBC. (22 min) Read the article about Galaxy in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-9-15) Part one of Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with writer George Lefferts, who talks from his home in New Jersey about his career in radio and television. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (20 min)
ROCKY FORTUNE (11-10-53) Frank Sinatra stars as Rocky, “that footloose and fancy free young man,” who is hired to deliver a package to a rough neighborhood. Cast includes Georgia Ellis, Marion Richman, Bill Justine, Parley Baer, Theodore Von Eltz. Written by George Lefferts. Sustaining, NBC. (25 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-9-15) Part two of Steve Darnall’s telephone conversation with writer George Lefferts. (22 min)
NBC UNIVERSITY THEATRE (11-28-48) “A Passage to India” is a radio version of the novel by E.M. Forster, about an English woman’s friendship with a Muslim doctor in British-controlled India. Starring Joseph Schildkraut as Dr. Aziz, with Ben Wright, Alma Lawton, Alec Harford, Constance Cavendish, Marion Richman, Norma Varden, Donald Morrison, Raymond Lawrence, Parley Baer, Paul Marion. Adapted for radio by George Lefferts. Sustaining, NBC. (33 min & 27 min)
DR. SIXGUN (11-21-54) Karl Weber stars as Dr. Ray Matson (aka Dr. Sixgun) with William Griffiths as Pablo. A gunfighter seeks revenge against the man who killed his brother a decade earlier. Cast includes Joe DeSantis, Wendell Holmes, Scott Tennyson, William Keene. Written by George Lefferts. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 21
ANNUAL THANKSGIVING SHOW
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-23-47) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Mel Blanc, Artie Auerbach, The Sportsmen Quartet. In the first of two consecutive shows, Jack and Mary go shopping to buy a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (27 min)
FAMILY THEATRE (11-27-47) “Home For Thanksgiving” starring Paul Henreid and Joan Leslie. After the war, an Austrian man and his American wife travel from Germany to his family, arriving on Thanksgiving Day in America. Host is Charles Boyer. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
LIFE WITH LUIGI (11-22-49) Starring J. Carroll Naish as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, Hans Conried as Schultz, Mary Shipp as Miss Spaulding, Jody Gilbert as Rosa, Joe Forte as Horowitz, Ken Peters as Olson, announcer Bob Stephenson. Luigi hopes that Pasquale will invite him to Thanksgiving dinner, but the invitation comes with a string attached. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (11-25-48) Staats Cotsworth stars as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams and John Gibson as Ethelbert. Casey plans a Thanksgiving outing but decides to help a friend first. Toni Home Permanents, CBS. (30 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (11-21-45) Frank Sinatra stars with guests Marilyn Maxwell and Louis Prima, in a celebration of America’s first peacetime Thanksgiving in four years. With the Pied Pipers, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra. Frank sings “The House I Live In.” Bill Lazar announces. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (26 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-30-47) In the second of two consecutive Thanksgiving-related shows, Jack has a dream that he’s put on trial for killing his Thanksgiving turkey! With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Dennis, Don, The Sportsmen, Artie Auerbach, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Bea Benaderet. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (26 min)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28
RADIO TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT BY
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (12-18-44) With Bill Goodwin, Mel Blanc, Felix Mills and the Orchestra, Frank Nelson. George and Gracie decide not to give each other any gifts this Christmas. AFRS rebroadcast. (28 min)
THE LONE WOLF (12-25-48) “The Golden Santa” starring Walter Coy as Michael Lanyard. A pretty young woman has lost a gold statue of Santa and asks Lanyard to find it. With Jeanne Bates, Herb Vigran, Jack Petruzzi, Sam Edwards. Sustaining, MBS. (26 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-1-55) “The Bishop’s Wife” starring Cary Grant and Phyllis Thaxter in a radio version of the 1947 film. A suave angel arrives on Earth to help a bishop and his wife raise money for a new church. With Les Tremayne, Herb Butterfield, Herb Vigran, Howard McNear. Irving Cummings hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (34 min & 14 min) Read the article about holiday movies in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (12-18-46) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Louise Erickson as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Dick LeGrand as Peavey. Leroy wants a motor scooter for Christmas, but his uncle wants to talk him out of it. John Lang announces. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
READER’S DIGEST RADIO EDITION (12-19-46) “Room For a Stranger” starring Frank Sinatra in a dramatic role, as a Navy flier who gets word that his holiday leave has been canceled. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5
RADIO TO PLAN YOUR LIST BY
ARCHIE ANDREWS (12-13-47) Bob Hastings stars as Archie, with Harlan Stone as Jughead Jones, Rosemary Rice as Betty, Gloria Mann as Veronica, Arthur Kohl and Alice Yourman as Mr. and Mrs. Andrews. The gang converges on Stacy’s Department Store to do their Christmas shopping. Swift, NBC. (28 min)
SUSPENSE (12-21-58) “Out for Christmas” starring Raymond Burr, with Joan Banks, Karl Swenson, Howard McNear, Dick Beals, Lillian Buyeff, Charles Seel. An ex-con released on parole at Christmas time sets out to kill the policeman who sent him to prison. Participating sponsors, CBS. (23 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (12-5-45) From New York, with The Pied Pipers, June Hutton, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra. Frank sings “Let It Snow” and a medley of Christmas carols for the first peacetime Christmas in four years. Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min)
RED RYDER (12-23-48) Brooke Temple stars as Red, with Johnny McGovern as Little Beaver. Red is surprised when Little Beaver asks for money at Christmas time. Langendorf Bread, MBS. (25 min)
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-21-52) With Elliott Lewis, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield. Phil is asked to play Santa Claus at the Women’s Club Christmas Party and sings “Jingle Bells.” Alice sings “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” RCA Victor, NBC. (24 min)
THIS IS YOUR FBI (12-23-49) “The Return of St. Nick” starring Stacy Harris as Special Agent Jim Taylor. A boy asks the FBI to investigate when a local settlement’s Santa Claus disappears. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
RADIO TO ADDRESS CARDS BY
SONGS BY SINATRA (12-12-45) It’s Frank’s birthday and his last show from New York after a nine-week engagement at the Paramount Theatre, with the Pied Pipers, June Hutton, Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra, announcer Bill Lazar. Frank sings “It Might As Well Be Spring” and “Button Up Your Overcoat.” Old Gold Cigarettes, CBS. (27 min) Frank Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. Read the cover story about Frank Sinatra in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-10-47) “It’s a Wonderful Life” starring James Stewart, Donna Reed and Victor Moore in a radio version of the 1946 film. Stewart and Reed re-create their movie roles as a man in a small town who fears he is a failure and the woman who loves him. William Keighley hosts, with announcer John Milton Kennedy, Bill Johnstone, John McIntire, Leo Cleary, Edwin Maxwell. Lux Soap, CBS. (21 min & 17 min & 21 min)
SONGS BY SINATRA (12-19-43) With Axel Stordahl and the Orchestra, the Bobby Tucker Singers. Frank writes a letter to a friend overseas, talking about family and Christmas, and sings “White Christmas.” CBS. (15 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (12-22-48) “The Man With the Red Coat” starring Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston, who comes to the aid of a young settler who is ambushed at Christmastime. Quaker Cereals, ABC. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-17-44) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Larry Stevens, Don Wilson, John Brown, Mel Blanc, Frank Nelson, Joseph Kearns, Bea Benaderet. As Jack prepares to go Christmas shopping with Mary, Rochester decides to drop a few hints about gifts. Later, Jack goes to the drugstore and meets Frank Sinatra. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
RADIO TO WRAP, BAKE AND DECORATE BY
RICHARD DIAMOND, PRIVATE DETECTIVE (12-19-51) Dick Powell stars as Richard Diamond, who dramatizes his favorite Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, with the help of various characters from the Diamond series. With Virginia Gregg, Alan Reed, Arthur Q. Bryan, Jack Kruschen, Barney Phillips. Camel Cigarettes, ABC. (27 min)
AN OLD-TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL (12-22-90) A special presentation written and performed exclusively for Those Were the Days by Ken Alexander. It’s the story of a man who believes in Christmas... but not in old-time radio. Produced by Brian Johnson. (18 min)
NIGHTBEAT (12-20-50) Frank Lovejoy stars as Randy Stone, night beat reporter for the Chicago Star, who recalls the year before when his editor gave him a five-day vacation, during which he learned the true meaning of Christmas. Cast: Kate McKenna, Sammy Ogg, Ralph Moody, William Conrad, Gale Bonney. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
BING CROSBY SHOW (12-21-49) It’s Bing’s annual Christmas show, with announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, and guest Ethel Barrymore. Bing sings “Adeste Fidelis,” “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas” and others. Chesterfield Cigarettes, CBS. (30 min)
CBS RADIO WORKSHOP (12-23-56) “All Is Bright” tells the story of how “Silent Night” was written and grew to become one of the most celebrated songs of the season. With Rudolf Weiss, Joe Julian, Herb Dinkin. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (12-18-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan as Doctor Gamble, Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Bea Benaderet as Mrs. Carstairs, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee decides to paint the Christmas tree white. Teeney and the King’s Men sing “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (12-25-45) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Bea Benaderet, Gale Gordon as Mayor LaTrivia, Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. Fibber gets a Christmas gift from Doctor Gamble, but no one can figure out what it is! The King’s Men sing “Jingle Bells.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
CHARLIE McCARTHY SHOW (12-26-54) With Edgar Bergen, Ray Noble and the Orchestra, Pat Patrick as Ercil Twing, Hans Conried and guest William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy. Charlie talks about the television set he received for Christmas and Bergen wonders how he would look on television. AFRS rebroadcast. (27 min)
THE WORLD’S GREAT NOVELS (12-26-47) Christmas chapters from Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, offering “a few scenes of the merry Yuletide season in the England of the early 19th Century, by an author unsurpassed in his ability to capture that spirit and endow his characters with it.” Produced in Chicago, with John Barkley, Johnny Coons, Philip Lord, Arthur Peterson, George Kluge, Sidney Ellstrom, Cliff Norton, Geraldine Kay. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
COUPLE NEXT DOOR (12-29-58) Starring Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce, with Francie Meyer as Betsy and Margaret Hamilton as Aunt Effie. A few days after Christmas, Betsy finds a mysterious Christmas present on the tree. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
CALLING ALL DETECTIVES (1-5-49) Paul Barnes stars as Detective Jerry Browning and plays all of the other roles. On a cold January evening, Jerry spies a diamond on the branches of a discarded Christmas tree. Syndicated. (8 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (12-31-50) Eve Arden stars as Miss Brooks, with Gale Gordon as Osgood Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Joseph Kearns as Mr. Dale. It’s a few days after Christmas and Miss Brooks is at the department store to return the gifts she received from Mr. Conklin and Mr. Boynton. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
QUIET, PLEASE (12-26-48) “Berlin, 1945” starring Ernest Chappell in a story written and directed by Wyllis Cooper. A group of soldiers stationed in Germany after the war celebrates Christmas. Cast includes Frank Thomas, James Goss, James Monks, Melville Ruick, Warren Stevens. Sustaining, ABC. (30 min)
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
DRAGNET (4-27-50) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero. A policeman is killed when Friday and Romero try to apprehend a fugutive. Fatima Cigarettes, NBC.
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (9-25-49) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Gale Gordon. When Phil’s sponsor gives him an office, Phil has an idea for a unique sale. Rexall, NBC.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
GOOD NEWS OF 1939 (4-20-39) Robert Young hosts, with Fannie Brice and Hanley Stafford (as Baby Snooks and Daddy), Frank Morgan, singing stars Douglas MacPahil and Miliza Korjus, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra, and the cast of The Hardys Ride High: Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Ann Rutherford and Ceclia Parker. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4
RED SKELTON SHOW (4-23-46) The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire focuses on the mail, with Red portraying Willie Lump-Lump and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC.
BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (5-5-51) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, who investigates a stabbing in the park. Sustaining, CBS.
A DATE WITH JUDY (5-4-48) Louise Erickson stars as Judy, who wants a new dress for the spring dance. Tums, NBC.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
BOX THIRTEEN (8-29-48) “Romance in the Park” starring Alan Ladd as Dan Holiday, who is hired to determine if a missing doctor can be declared dead. Syndicated.
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (6-4-40) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, who are cooking a big spaghetti dinner for their friends. Johnson’s Wax, NBC.
GUNSMOKE (5-8-54) Matt Dillon stars as Marshal Matt Dillon. The merchants of Dodge City hire a constable. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (9-11-49) On the first show of the new season, a Hollywood tour bus drives by the homes of Jack’s cast. Lucky Strike Cigarettes, CBS.
BOSTON BLACKIE (10-22-46) Dick Kollmar stars as Blackie, who investigates when Inspector Faraday is shot. Syndicated.
HALLS OF IVY (5-21-52) Ronald and Benita Colman star as the president of Ivy College and his wife. The school’s mummy has disappeared. VOA rebroadcast.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25
X MINUS ONE (2-15-56) “The Skulking Permit” is the story of a “lost” colony that is receiving a visit from Earth officials. Adapted from Galaxy Science Fiction magazine. Sustaining, NBC. Read the article about Galaxy in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-18-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Edward G. Robinson. Kraft, NBC.
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (4-9-49) “The Name to Remember.” A businessman hires Marlowe to learn the identity of a stranger who has been following him. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
LUX RADIO THEATRE (6-18-45) “The Canterville Ghost” starring Charles Laughton, Margaret O’Brien and Tom Drake in a radio version of the 1944 film. Lux Soap, CBS. Read an excerpt from a conversation with Margaret O'Brien in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
LIGHTS OUT (8-3-43) “Murder Castle” starring Joseph Kearns, Mercedes McCambridge. A series of women have disappeared after answering an advertisement. Ironized Yeast, CBS.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8
COMMAND PERFORMANCE #144 (10-26-44) Clark Gable hosts this “Winged Victory” edition, with Ginny Simms, Peter Lind Hayes, pianist Joe Bushkin. AFRS. Read the article about Hollywood actors at war in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) We’re featuring selected chapters from this story during the holiday season on Radio’s Golden Age. In this first episode, Judy and Jimmy Barton search for the silver star to put atop their Christmas tree and encounter Paddy O’Cinnamon. Syndicated.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 2. Judy and Jimmy de-grow and take a glass airplane to Maybe Land as they search for the Silver Star.
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (11-4-48) “My Friend Flicka” starring Claude Jarman in the story of a boy who loves a rebellious horse. James Hilton hosts. Hallmark Cards, CBS.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15
SUSPENSE (2-4-52) “The Treasure Chest of Don Jose” starring J. Carroll Naish in a story of buried treasure and the curse that came with it. Auto-Lite, CBS.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 5. Judy, Jimmy and Paddy O’Cinnamon are about to thrown into the Inkaboos’ inkwell.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 6. Our heroes meet Wesley the Wailing Whale and Samuel the Seal.
DRENE TIME (2-23-47) Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas star. Ameche and Langford perform a “Bickersons” sketch. Drene Shampoo, NBC.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (11-21-51) Willard Waterman stars as Gildy, who is looking for guests to share his 24-pound Thanksgiving turkey. Kraft, NBC.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 9. Our heroes meet the Roly-Poly Policeman.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 10. Meeting Professor Whiz the Owl and Fraidy Cat the Kitten.
WE THE PEOPLE (11-23-48) Dale Carnegie hosts this Thanksgiving program, with actress Lili Palmer, writer Betty MacDonald, singer Burl Ives. Gulf Oil, CBS.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29
LIFE WITH LUIGI (12-1-49) J. Carroll Naish stars as Luigi Basco, with Alan Reed as Pasquale, who doesn’t see his name on Luigi’s Christmas list.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 13. Judy, Jimmy, Paddy O’Cinnamon and the Crazy Quilt Dragon go through the picture frame and meet the Wintergreen Witch.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 14. An audience with Queen Melissa of Maybe Land.
SUSPENSE (12-23-43) “Back For Christmas” starring Peter Lorre as a botanist who is digging a “Devil’s Garden” in his cellar. Roma Wines, CBS.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (12-23-49) “Miracle on 34th Street,” starring Edmund Gwenn in a radio version of his 1947 film, about a department store Santa Claus who must go on trial. Sustaining, NBC. Read the article about holiday movies in the Autumn 2015 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 17. An encounter with the mud-slinging Muddlers.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 18. Our heroes are rescued by Slim Pickens and the Cockleburr Cowboys.
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES (12-20-47) Ralph Edwards hosts this Christmas edition of the popular game show, which includes a stunt involving Christmas Seals. Duz, NBC.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
RAILROAD HOUR (12-15-52) “Holiday Inn” starring Gordon MacRae and Dorothy Warenskjold in a radio adaptation of the 1942 film. Association of American Railroads, NBC.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 21. In the Land of Ice and Snow.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 22. Our heroes meet Jack Frost.
CRESTA BLANCA PLAYERS (12-25-46) “All Through the Night” starring Gregory Peck, Joseph Cotten, John Garfield, Gene Kelly and newcomer Janet Leigh. Three brothers resent the fact that they must entertain their young niece during the holidays. Cresta Blanca, CBS.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
FAMILY THEATRE (12-15-48) “A Daddy For Christmas” starring Pat O’Brien. A boy asks Santa for a bicycle... and a Daddy. Sustaining, MBS.
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 25. Captain Tin Top has returned the Silver Star, only for the Crazy Quilt Dragon to steal it!
CINNAMON BEAR (1937) Chapter 26. The final chapter of the adventure. Will Judy and Jimmy finally get the Silver Star back for their Christmas tree?
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-19-48) When Phil and Alice’s daughters want to see Santa Claus for Christmas, Phil must find someone to play the part. Jack Benny guests. Rexall, NBC.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 27
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (12-19-55 through 12-23-55) “The Nick Shurn Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with the action-packed expense account, who investigates when a nightclub owner is shot to death at Christmas time. Sustaining, CBS.
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